The event, backed by TV adventurer Monty Halls aims to get as many people as possible walking along the coast path during October. It could be one mile or the entire 630 mile route in a bid to set the record for the number of times people can collectively walk or run the equivalent distance to the length of the Path in one month.
Hundreds have signed up to the Challenge with many undertaking their own walks or joining the organised walks in 4 locations across the South West; Minehead, The Lizard, Plymouth and Swanage. Already over 5,500 miles (that’s nearly 8 times the length of the path) have been pledged online to help raise funds for the charity.
The Path is experiencing a 30% decrease in budget cuts and it’s more important than ever to keep funds coming in to help make essential repairs and keep the Path open for everyone to enjoy.
Hayley Partridge, South West Coast Path Events Officer says;
“I am really pleased to help kick start the Challenge month which will not only help raise much needed funds, it’s also going to be great fun and hugely enjoyable for everyone taking part. We’ve had a massive response to the campaign with people from all walks of life getting involved. It doesn’t matter how fit you are or how much experience you’ve had, there are walks to suit everyone, from families with young children to more seasoned walkers, school groups, work colleagues and organised parties.”
Chairman of the South West Coast Path Association, Andrew Lack says;
“The South West Coast Path Challenge 2015 is the start of an exciting new era of co-operation between our charities which will lead to great improvements for the coast and Path in the South West.”
The National Trust, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its coastline appeal, is the event’s charity partner.
Mark Harold, Regional Director of the National Trust says;
“With over 300 miles of coastline in the South West owned and cared for by the National Trust, the South West Coast Path is the golden thread that joins our coastal outdoors sites together.
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Association on their flagship event as part of our coastal festival celebrations this year and look forward to seeing how many miles we can clock up in one month.”
It’s not too late to get involved, the Challenge is happening throughout October and people can register their interest right up until the last day of the month. Participants have been sharing their pledges of support through social media and one lucky challenger can win a Go-Pro camera. All you have to do is pledge your support on social media using the event hashtag #Challenge630 Find out more via the event registration page.
If you can’t take part in the challenge but are using social media, you can take part in our mass participation event online by signing up just follow this link – http://thndr.it/1ilE3cF
Full terms and conditions can be viewed on the #Challenge630 competition page at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/events/challenge/challenge-630